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Horenstein-Hindemith / Re: What is Shipping Today?
« on: May 04, 2008, 02:48:11 PM »
Man- you guys are making me drool in anticipation. The rig has been modded, the seduction is hooked up; now I just need the goods. Still waiting on that magical UPS notification that my tapes are coming....

Suggestion Box / Water Lily Acoustics
« on: April 06, 2008, 02:35:59 PM »
Almost anything from this label. Sonics are above reproach, music is eclectic, but always very interesting. It seems as though Kavi Alexander is willing to license the masters, given the fact that APO just reissued Ry Cooder/V.M. Bhatt "Meeting by the River" on 45 rpm vinyl.

Alexander is a perfectionist when it comes to the recording chain and mastering process. Using custom built tube mics, decks, mastering. In addition, he uses a minimalist approach to microphone placement, relying a stereo pair to capture the moment.

Those of you with vinyl playback, I strongly recommend giving "Meeting by the River" a listen.

Suggestion Box / Re: Titles from the Mercury label and others
« on: April 04, 2008, 09:13:53 PM »
I would like to suggest another possibility for down the road. A title I have been listening to the original vinyl of:

Berlioz "Symphonie Fantastique" Ataulfo Argenta/Paris Conservatiore Orchestra (Decca/London CS 6025)

This "Blueback" pressing from 1957 is a treat from both sonic and performance perspectives.

Tape Project Machines / Re: RS1500 and Seduction on their way!
« on: April 01, 2008, 04:36:06 PM »

I'd tried to upload a couple of images here but file size is limited. You can see some pics here though:


Tape Project Machines / Re: RS1500 and Seduction on their way!
« on: April 01, 2008, 11:21:59 AM »
Both the Seduction and the RS1500 are nestled in their rack. Now if I only had software to play them on. guess I should have signed on as a charter subscriber BEFORE buying the deck ;)

Kudos to both Jeff at J-corder and Doc. The 1500 from Jeff was lovingly restored, then modded by Doc for the Tape Project. Casework on both the pre and the deck match, so they look great in the rack together, next to the power supply for my preamp and the Walker turntable.

Thanks Doc, Eileen and Jeff!

I have to agree with the choice of Argo. A lot of the Argo catalog is very well recorded works of some obscure pieces. One I highly recommend is Holst's "Savitri, A Chamber Opera in One Act" The English Chamber Orchestra/Purcell Singers, conducted by the composer's daughter, Imogene Holst. It also features the voices of Janet Baker, Robert Tear, and Thomas Hemsley. Argo ZNF 6

Suggestion Box / Re: Titles from the Mercury label and others
« on: March 26, 2008, 09:29:46 PM »
I don't know about other releases in digital format of "Amused to Death", but I own a black CD pressing on Redbook that sounds pretty satisfying, right down to the placement of barking dog and voices on the soundstage. It doesn't compete overall with the vinyl played back on my system (Walker Proscenium Gold/Magic Diamond), but it's good enough to really give you a taste of all the information Waters layered into that recording. The idea that Sony license the masters for the Tape Project is one that I would welcome.

Suggestion Box / Titles from the Mercury label and others
« on: March 24, 2008, 08:13:04 PM »
Stravinsky  - "Firebird" Dorati/LSO
Respighi - "Ancient Airs and Dances"
Shuller - "Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee"

From RCA
Rimsky-Korsakov "Scheherazade" Reiner/CSO
Mussorgsky "Pictures At A Exhibition" Reiner/CSO

Reference Recordings
Respighi "Church Windows"

Dead Can Dance "Into The Labyrinth"
Janis Ian "Breaking silence"
Roger Waters "Amused To Death"
Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here"
Pink Floyd "Ummagumma'
David Crosby "If Only I Could Remember My Name"
Allman Brothers "Eat A Peach"

Soundtrack from "Emerald Forest"

Tape Project Machines / RS1500 and Seduction on their way!
« on: March 24, 2008, 07:01:36 PM »
Just got an email from Eileen. The Seduction was shipped today, and Doc is putting the finishing touches on the RS1500 which will be shipped tomorrow! When I told my wife, she looked at our daughter and said: "take a good look at your father now before he barricades himself in the listening room".


Tape Project Machines / Re: Greetings from a Tape Project newcomer
« on: February 25, 2008, 09:16:21 PM »
Hi Charles-

Anything I can do to plug East Coast audio activities, I will.

The Philadelphia Area Audio Group (PAAG) is an active and growing group of audiophiles in the Phila/Eastern PA/NJ/Del region devoted to 2 channel reproduction of music. A lot of us in the group are vinyl oriented -myself included. We currently have about 75 members. We meet once a month, usually in a member's home. Anywhere from 25-40 folks attend these. We also maintain an active list-serve as a communication tool. I am the first in the group to take the full plunge into The Tape Project pool. Once the Philadelphia Audio Society disbanded (around the time I moved to the area), I made connections with a few like minded souls on AudiogoN and we formed PAAG. We are entering our 5th year now. The size of the group is a limiting factor for our meetings now, due to the average size of most member's listening rooms. We count several designers/manufacturers and dealers among our membership as well.

I have been a customer of Overture Audio in Wilmington in the past. My last purchase from them was a pair of Magnepan 3.6R loudspeakers. Nice folks with a nice showroom. They have gone a little too far down the home theatre road for my tastes, but you have to pay the rent...

I have never attended any of the record collector events you mentioned. Most of my pre-owned LP purchases have been from the Princeton Record Exchange.


Tape Project Machines / Greetings from a Tape Project newcomer
« on: February 25, 2008, 08:00:20 PM »
This is my first post here so I thought I would introduce myself. I acquired a rebuilt RS1500 from Jeff Jacobs that Doc B now has and is working his modification wonders on. In addition, it will be shipped along with an assembled Seduction tape head pre. I just signed up for a charter subscription to the tape series as well. I am really looking forward to hearing these in my listening room.

The way I see it, The Tape Project may be the only listening experience to give my current vinyl playback a run for it's money. I am looking forward to reading comments from you "veteran" Tape Project members.

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